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  1. The guilt can be terrible at times. But the things we can and do for them tempers the guilt. As long as we do no harm, I think some guilt can be let go.

  2. I’ve lived with “what ifs” all of my life. So many regrets that I can’t count.
    But, as is said, “When you know better, you do better”.
    I no longer rush to do anything with any cat that may be diagnosed with FIV, FeLv, or cancer.
    I’ve learned to look at my beloved cat and not any numbers or diagnoses.
    If I don’t see them suffering, that they are happy and thriving, I leave them to live their lives until there comes a time that I must intervene.
    Diagnoses mean little to me. I’m not going to treat any of my cats any differently because they have a “label”.
    I think that we’ve come a long, long way.

  3. I think all longtime cat owners feel this, particularly when advances in vet medicine show that choices we made in the past were based on information that has now been refuted. A lot of our current conversation is centered on declawing — I’m also thinking of FIV, which used to be considered a death sentence. I have regrets for prematurely euthanizing a beloved FIV cat as soon as I got the diagnosis. Same goes for FELV — do you remember?

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